Rich Family Endowment

Beginning this Academic Year, the Rich Family Endowment is moving towards a rolling deadline. As an Act level program in the CCL, the experience provides students with Houston community contacts and priorities, curriculum on civic professionalism and ethical engagement, alumni mentorship, and funding to student leaders for civically engaged projects. 

More information and submission directions can be found on the RFE InfoReady page

To be part of the online repository of students, community partners, faculty, please submit your ideas/focus areas through this qualtrics form 

Students: As you prepare your application, we invite you to come to the CCL's drop-in advising hours where you can meet with an advisor to talk through your RFE proposal, whatever stage it is in. We hope to see you there!
Partners: The CCL will be supporting students in their applications and convene the selection committee over the next few weeks. Please reach out to Veronica Reyna ( at the CCL if you have any questions.

Program Overview

The Rich Family Endowment is an Act Level program in the Center for Civic Leadership that provides Houston community contacts and priorities, curriculum on civic professionalism and ethical engagement, alumni mentorship, and funding to student leaders for civically engaged projects.

After consulting with a CCL adviser, applicants (in partnerships or small groups) will select a community partner and identified need area and propose a correlating project idea they would like to work on throughout the semester and determine a timeline for implementation.

Application should be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to proposed dates of activities.


The purpose of the Hilda and Hershel Rich Family Endowment is to support student leadership development with a positive societal impact, through critical service, advocacy, civic research projects, and/or other relevant activities. Successful applicants will engage the Houston community, the Rice University campus community, and foster leadership and creativity among Rice students. In addition to the Rich Family Endowment (RFE) goals, applications should align with the mission of the Center for Civic Leadership, which is “to foster community-university collaborations that analyze the complexity of social issues and take actions to promote equitable and inclusive communities.” Applicants should demonstrate that they are approaching their project from an informed and ethically sound position to align with RFE.

Students who are selected for funding will be supported throughout the development of their project with workshop modules, alumni mentorship, and collaboration with their community partner. Students implementing RFE funded projects will meet regularly with a CCL adviser and connect with each other where helpful to learn from and support each other. In the spring, RFE projects will be featured at the CCL showcase. All students funded by RFE will attend a leadership impact event where the cohort will engage in a high impact leadership development activity.

Ideal Timeline

Application submission (Minimum 6 weeks before the tentative date)

The committee reviews applications and provides feedback

Applicants are notified of the status of their application

Students complete pre-implementation modules

Students have a minimum of 2 meetings with the program lead

Students implement their projects

Students conduct an assessment of the project

Students complete Post-Project Modules

Students prepare and present their projects at a Showcase event

Students participate in the Leadership Impact Event 


Contact: Veronica Reyna,

Student Ambassadors: Sarah Sowell,, Soumya Somani,



Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 713-348-2223
Fax: 713-348-5885


Center for Civic Leadership
Rice Memorial Center, Room 208
6100 Main St. Houston, TX 77005